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- Sat Jan 11, 2020 1:19 am
- Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
- Topic: A simplistic statement
- Replies: 12
- Views: 450
There are similar sayings in many spiritual traditions. I think it's true but that in practice it requires great discipline and sacrifice. Buddhism originated as a renunciate movement, whereas many of us who encounter it through books and teachings are regular people with possessions, attachments an...
- Wed Jan 01, 2020 4:38 am
- Forum: Lounge
- Topic: New Years Dharma Practice Pledge
- Replies: 2
- Views: 140
In 2018 I pledged to sit every day of that year. I mostly kept it, except for some disruption during overseas travel, when it is very hard to maintain any kind of routine. That was part of a pledge organised by Ven. Meido that required keeping and sending a log, which in hindsight was an invaluable ...
- Thu Dec 26, 2019 6:17 am
- Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
- Topic: Food Coma, anyone?
- Replies: 9
- Views: 468
We all had a pretty modest Christmas lunch - a couple of chickens, and some salads. I tried to cook a whole large fish but it was a disaster (hint: don't experiment with cooking on Christmas day.) But there seemed to be enough for everyone. Definitely no food coma.
I don't believe a meaningful colony will ever be built on Mars. Sure I can see some form of habitation, but it will only ever sustain a very small number of specialist scientists, like the international space station. I think, as I said, space travel is the fantasy of the modern world. The ancients ...
all that said, I'm an Elon Musk fan. People like that invent things which can help everyone. I'm a huge admirer of what he's done with Telstra, and he laid it all on the line for that project; he bet everything he had on it, and might have failed, but hasn't. So I don't want to diss progress or the ...
I'm a total sceptic with regards to humans living anywhere other than Earth. We're never going to 'colonize space', the distances are simply too enormous, and the human body is uniquely adapted to living on earth. We have precisely one, and only one, spaceship, and it's overheating and overcrowded. ...
He was a dharma-gate for sure, but I’ve begun to think that the spiritual path is not nearly so free and easy and do-what-you-like as that movement portrayed it. I think traditional Buddhists would be pretty shocked by a lot of what went on but were probably insufficiently worldly-wise to even guess...
- Sun Dec 15, 2019 4:33 am
- Forum: News & Current Events
- Topic: Trump Impeachment
- Replies: 90
- Views: 4965
Trump has always hugely disappointing, in fact just when you think he can't do something worse, he will find something worse, and do it. But there's something even more disappointing than Trump, it's the Republicans supine obedience to his will, which they put above and before their constitutional d...
The Two Truths teaching is basic to Nagarjuna and early Madhyamika. Where it becomes really hard to follow is in later Tibetan scholasticism, mainly the Prasangkika vs Svatantrika debate. That is really arcane and scholastic and hard to follow. And then over history the original two-truths idea fell...
This week's dharma talk was, I feel, very much directed at me (which is not a bad bet, as there's usually only one other attendee apart from myself). It was a talk about how many Westerners are attracted to Buddhism because of meditation. This is because meditation is said to 'relieve stress' or hel...
- Sat Dec 07, 2019 1:54 am
- Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
- Topic: Origin of mahayana
- Replies: 36
- Views: 1257
But the early teachings were first recorded in Pali. This is actually dubious. There are very early Gandharan birch-bark scripts which are neither Pali nor Sanskrit. I studied this under Mark Allon, who is one of Richard Saloman's colleagues. Have a read of Whose Buddhism is Truest ?, Linda Heumann.
- Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:20 am
- Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
- Topic: There is no Vajrayana without renuciation
- Replies: 168
- Views: 5474
I think renunciation is bloody tough, and that this is an inconvenient truth. Renouncing is giving stuff up, giving it away. About the only thing I have ever managed to renounce is cigarettes. I’m no longer a young man and it seems to me there’s much more that could be renounced. (Ouch!) It’s true t...
- Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:01 am
- Forum: News & Current Events
- Topic: Wat Buddha Dhamma damaged by bushfires
- Replies: 1
- Views: 194
The East coast of Australia is having a dreadful and very early bushfire season (as was predicted 15 years ago in forecasts of "possible consequences of climate change"). Sadly, it appears one of the casualties is Wat Buddha Dhamma, a rural forest monastery set up by Phra Khantipalo (Lawrence Mills)...
- Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:22 pm
- Forum: Chan
- Topic: A New Title of Interest to Ch'an students
- Replies: 0
- Views: 326
https://d1ldy8a769gy68.cloudfront.net/180/978/173/331/430/5/9781733314305.jpg Exploring Ch'an: An Introduction to the Religious and Mystical Tradition of Chinese Buddhism , by Chuan Zhi. 'A sweeping history of Chinese Buddhism that includes personal reflections on meditation and practical instructi...